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  1. Probiotics May Reduce Crying From Colic

    Aug. 16, 2010 -- A probiotic supplement may be an option for parents trying to soothe a colicky baby, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Turin, Italy, found that a few daily drops of Lactobacillus reuteri, a bacterium that can help improve digestion, significantly reduced c

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  2. Many Car Seat Injuries Occur Outside the Car

    July 6, 2010 -- Car seats are supposed to protect infants from injury during a traffic accident, but they can increase the risk for injury when used inappropriately outside of the car, such as in the home or in a shopping cart, according to a new study. Shital N. Parikh, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon a

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  3. More Than 2 Million Cribs Recalled by 7 Manufacturers

    June 24, 2010 -- More than 2 million cribs are being recalled by Evenflo, Delta, and five other manufacturers. The recall swells to about 9 million the number of drop-side cribs recalled in the last five years, says Consumer Reports safety expert Don Mays. "They outsource the manufacture of these cr

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  4. Breastfeeding 4-6 Months Lowers Babies' Illness Risk

    June 21, 2010 -- Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first four months of life and partially thereafter have a reduced risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, but six months on the breast alone is even better, new research indicates. Researchers in the Netherlands analyzed ques

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  5. Sugar Water Eases Vaccine Pain for Babies

    May 27, 2010 -- We know that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and now new research shows it may also take some of the ouch out of your infant's routine shots. The findings, which appear in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, show that infants up to 1 year of age shed fewer tears and

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  6. Breastfeeding Cuts Fever Risk After Vaccines

    May 17, 2010 -- Infants who are exclusively breastfed are less likely to run fevers after their routine immunizations than infants who are partially breastfed or only receive formula, a new study shows. As many moms can attest, babies can become very fussy and develop fevers after routine vaccinatio

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  7. Simplicity, Graco Cribs Recalled

    April 29, 2010 -- Certain Simplicity and Graco cribs are being recalled because of the risk of entrapment, suffocation, and strangulation. One child's death has been linked to a recalled Simplicity crib, and there have been 112 other cases of problems with the recalled Graco and Simplicity cribs, ac

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  8. Moms Heed Advice on Baby Sleep Position

    April 5, 2010 -- The more mothers hear from doctors, family, and the media about putting their babies to sleep on their backs, the more likely they are to follow the potentially lifesaving advice. In contrast, mothers who don’t hear this advice or think their babies are uncomfortable or more likely

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  9. Talking Early to Babies Helps the Brain

    March 26, 2010 -- Words may have special meaning for babies long before they are able to speak. A new study suggests talking to babies as young as 3 months old influences their cognitive development and helps the brain learn to form categories. Researchers found infants who learned to associate word

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  10. Breastfeeding Rates Vary by Race, Region

    March 25, 2010 -- Breastfeeding rates in the U.S. not only vary by race and ethnicity, but geography also plays a role. Nationwide, 54.4% of African-American mothers, 74.3% white mothers, and 80.4% of Hispanic mothers attempted to breastfeed, according to a CDC telephone survey. But the numbers shif

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